Surprise, surprise, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s little voter “fraud” effort isn’t going so well, with all 18 of its first highly-touted arrests literally having received voter registration cards from their counties of residence. In other words, this is just like every other attempt to convict large numbers of Americans for “voter fraud,” where right-wingers yell ZOMG 1,000 CHARGEZ!!!! but never discuss convictions. And then the handful of voter fraud convictions you do hear about all seem to involve right-wing voters! I’d look forward to Charlie Crist ads about how Ron DeSantis just creates drama to obscure the fact that he can’t govern, but I don’t think he has it in him. I’d be happy to be wrong!
As the Justice Department’s classified-document investigation into Donald Trump develops, Joe Conason at The National Memo reminds us that Hillary Clinton took exactly zero classified documents among all those thousands of but-her-emails. That’s not just Mr. Conason talking – it’s also two Trump Administration Secretaries of State talking. Yet Trumpholes still yell “lock her up” at the big man’s rallies, and though it’s getting harder to explain away how Mr. Trump’s most devoted lieutenants failed to find enough evidence to do so, we’re pretty much at the point where their “explanations” are all shutup you traitorous libtard groomer.
Ho hum, Arizona Republican Senate candidate/man with a face even a mother could punch Blake Masters has hired two of those “electors” who tried to deliver Arizona’s electoral votes to Donald Trump in contravention of the people’s will there. I believe we call this sort of thing “wingnut welfare.” Nice, also, to have the reminder that Mr. Masters indulged in election denialism on his campaign website until scrubbing it a short time ago. But let us also be reminded that Mr. Masters would privatize Social Security, thus exposing your dignified retirement to the greed of banksters and the chaos of our stock market. Naturally the Masters campaign has responded to the Mirror by bringing up child molestation, because it’s not like they’re going to win actual arguments or anything.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (E-SC) threatens us with “riots in the street” if our Justice Department prosecutes Mr. Trump for taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago. Nice democracy you got here, he’s saying, shame if something happened to it. In later days, of course, he said he was only describing what would happen, which still makes it both rhetorical hostage-taking and an attempt to influence an investigation which he should really be avoiding the appearance of doing, right, Atlanta grand jury? And when police kill yet another unarmed Black man, I doubt Mr. Graham will shrug at any rioting that might occur afterward. Anyway, note to fascists: only inflict violence upon me if you want me to fight you twice as hard afterward.
Finally, holy fucking shit Alaskans just elected Democrat and Native Alaskan Mary Peltola to finish out the late Rep. Don Young’s House term – and she beat former Gov. Sarah Palin by three points! Now Ms. Peltola might lose the November rematch; whatever impression Mrs. Palin tries to give, she’s far from stupid. But the real reason Mrs. Palin hates Alaska’s new ranked-choice voting system isn’t that it’s “weird” or complex, but that it doesn’t let Republicans hold voters hostage at will. Now we just need to keep reminding Democrats that they can’t hold us hostage either.